File No. 600.119/427
Memorandum of the Law Adviser for the Department of State ( Woolsey)
Mr. Woolsey read the following to Lord Percy, but did not give him a copy:
As American export control legislation is still pending in Congress and may be modified prior to enactment into law, all that can be said at the present time in regard to “bunker control” is that if the United States is given legislative authority, it is the present tentative view of the Secretary of State that the most feasible method of exercising [Page 875] bunker control is that set forth in the first British proposal, paragraph (a) of the attached draft memorandum dated May 24, 1917, with the addition at the end of the following proviso:
Provided, That either Government has liberty to propose additions to or removals from the “coal white list,” and in the event of disagreement, reserves the right to export coal to such additional persons (not on the “coal white list”) who subscribe to the “Conditions of Supply of Cargo Coal” agreed upon by the two Governments, or to refuse to export coal to any persons regarded as undesirable,
with the reservations made by the United States Government in paragraphs (c), (e), and (f) of said attached draft memorandum.
The United States, however, does not commit itself to accepting this proposal, or limit its freedom of action in accepting the second proposal or modifications of these proposals.